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CD REVIEW: Margo Rey - Habit

By: Cyrus Rhodes




Artist: Margo Rey

CD: Habit

Label: Organica Music Group

Website: http://margorey.com/home

Genre: Contemporary Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Americana

Sounds Like: Celine Dion, Bonnie Raitt, Shania Twain

Technical Grade: 10/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Between Us, 10 Reasons

Weakness: A few winded songs, Genera Identity Crisis



Los Angeles based Contemporary Pop Artist Margo Rey just released her latest CD entitled Habit released in 2012. Margo Rey is no stranger to the Music Business. Audiences have truly embraced this original sound from Margo that has been made evident with the release of her 2 singles charting the billboard with “Between Us” (#21), and “Let it Rain” (#17).

The CD quickly takes flight with “Habit” a perfect rocking intro groove that serves inviting vocals against full-tilt rhythm section against a mesmerizing vocal front from Rey. Track 2 “Let the Rain” (feat John Oates) presents a grooving follow-up piece that serves up smooth as silk rhythm, rich melody against impressive guitar ambience a grand slam chorus. This piece flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition making for an impressive follow-up statement.  Track 3 “Between Us” my personal favorite serves up an impressive Americana ballad painted against impressive harmonies, hypnotic vocal groove and well placed Celtic fretwork As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear the musicianship from everyone involved is clearly above the bar with impressive bass lines, slamming solos, well placed strings, impressive harmonica, Hammond organ accents, piano, impressive vocal harmonies all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. Song for song the effective combination of Rey’s voice, world class songwriting and top flight musicianship it’s never called into question. Now turning our attention over to Rey, as for her vocal abilities - she is quite impressive indeed. Her musical/vocal style is cut from the cloth of Celine Dion, Bonnie Raitt, and Shania Twain - but I will add she can go toe to toe with any one of them vocally. Rey showcases a crystal clear vibrato, with an appealing mezzo-soprano persona. All of this makes for a strong and confident vocal ability across the board. I especially like how her voice just sort of flutters melodically with the music. This latest CD from Margo Rey delivers 13 compelling tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of an amazing artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom with messages that are positive, passionate and extremely captivating. From funky “Get Back” and “10 Reasons” to slamming “I Saw You There” and Pla$tic Karma” to melodic I’ll Give My Heart” to striking “Couldn’t be More Wrong” to dynamic “Saturn Returns” to rocking “Roses” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with track 13 “She’s Not There” the perfect wrap for a catalogue like this  

All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. It’s fair to say the CD spreads itself way too thin across to many genera’s in its attempt to be everything to everyone. I would recommend Rey narrow the fairway slightly with respect to her overall signature sound. As a result this CD suffers from a mild case of genera identity crisis. If I had to pick a genera I think the Contemporary Smooth Jazz or Jazz realm would work best for her vocal style.

I like everything about Magro Rey. She's truly an infectious artist that possess a "Gold Standard" voice, look, songwriting, appeal, talent, vocal passion and overall artistic presence. From start to finish “Habit” is an impressive catalogue of music. The music is warm, marketable, uplifting and very passionate. The pin drop moments are amazing, and her falsetto is to die for. All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song this catalogue is extremely likeable  - very much like the artist herself.

Cyrus Rhodes

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